Michelham Priory was a very enjoyable place to spend a day. Coffee shop let it down enormously. No gluten and dairy free, not unusual. Coffee, the most disgusting I have ever tasted. Since when was a latte milk and water with a hint of coffee? Tasteless with boiling water and boiling soya milk! My husband was not impressed with his cup of tea either. Suggest people always take their own drinks and food.
In August 2021, Stephen Halls said:
Perhaps the third visit, always discover something new when walking around the house, a man on a tapestry with 5 fingers and a thumb! Food excellent, could not see a chip in sight. The walk round the gardens was wonderful, discovering so many flowers and plants attracting many insects, bees and butterflies. Lastly the ducks were so funny waiting to be fed and trying to enter the shop. All round well worth the entrance money.
In July 2021, Sarah Deveney said:
Good day out, long queue for food. Didn't let us know we had to hook a spot to go into the priory
In July 2021, windy willingdon said:
Love this place. We are regular visitors. We try and go once a month. So peaceful. Lovely grounds, shop and cafe. Highly Recommended. Give it a go.
In July 2021, Eve Francis said:
Such a lovely place but the garden is in need of care. If you check out the border by the back door of the cafe you'll see loads of weeds which are overtaking the trees and shrubs! In fact one of those trees is a memorable tree and it is being neglected. Cafe is lacking in feeling welcome in that it is all cold and clinical looking. But don't hesitate to visit.
In July 2021, Malcolm Cannon said:
Lovely place for a day visit
In July 2021, HorshamLass said:
The nicest way to spend 4hrs is visiting the Priory. The gardens are genuinely some of the most beautiful we’ve seen. There are lots of benches available which on such a hot day made for a perfect excuse to sit, contemplate and enjoy the calm atmosphere that pervades the whole place, we are going back soon.
The cafe is a hidden gem with quality food served at sensible prices. The National Trust could learn a thing or two from this set-up! Oh by the way their homemade honeycomb fudge is the best I’ve ever tasted and rest assured I’ve tried lots hahaha.
The shop sells a few plants and some gifts plus the all important duck food.
All the staff were friendly and knowledgeable plus today they were hosting a wedding shoot and even they allowed me to ask questions, so sweet and can’t wait to see the piccies in a style magazine one day.
In July 2021, Nina Marchant said:
Beautiful house and gardens, I could quite happily spend every day here. Great place for a family picnic or lunch in the cafe. Woodland walk across the moat and children's play area. Friendly and informative staff, especially in the house
In July 2021, Olga Kokojeva said:
It is a very beautiful and peaceful place. But the river bed is overgrown with grass, because it has not been cleaned for a long time.
In July 2021, Wendy Mason said:
Beautiful and very restful grounds
In July 2021, Laura Lee said:
Beautiful place,very tranquil
In July 2021, Ken W said:
We arrived on a Monday morning and parked easily a short walk away from the entrance. After buying our tickets we only had to wait a few minutes before joining the 11:30am slot to view the house and had a nice time wandering around the 2 floors and various rooms. Although we didn’t buy a guide book, there was enough information around to give a good background to the history and use of the priory over the centuries, through to its use during WWII. The evacuee’s bedroom was closed due to COVID restrictions but we’d known about this in advance.
The grounds were lovely and the kitchen garden was certainly interesting. We felt that the moat could perhaps do with some clearing as it was looking very overgrown in places, but no doubt things have been challenging over the last year or so with lockdowns etc.
The cafe offered a fair selection and our sandwiches were nice. We sat outside in the sunshine with cups of tea, enjoying the ducks sitting by our feet…hopefully waiting for the odd crumb to fall.
Overall, a relaxing and enjoyable visit, which was helped by going on a dry, sunny day.
In July 2021, Laura Martyn said:
This made for a lovely morning out for the family. The open areas of house provide a glimpse of the different uses of the house throughout history, which was a great touch. The grounds were lovely and they had archery on the law, which my child enjoyed watching. They had a small play around which we used as the garden played as a great hide and seek location. I think I'd like them to have made more of the water mill, as this seems to not be as loved as the rest of the pro, which is a shame as it was something my son had lots of questions about. Staff throughout were very friendly.
In July 2021, Lorna Yates said:
A very peaceful comforting and very beautiful place to visit and we'll worth it the grounds are stunning with it's wild flowers.
In July 2021, Beth Hart said:
A really lovely place to spend a few hours. The cafe served a lovely selection of items and the house and grounds and were beautiful.
In July 2021, Kelly Blaney said:
We had a lovely day at Michelham Priory today. Staff very polite. We'll planned social distancing in place. Lady that did the house tour was lovely and gave lots of fascinating facts.
In June 2021, Jacqueline Dennis said:
We visited on a damp dull day and almost had the place to ourselves. It was beautiful and we had a really lovely time looking round the house and the grounds. Enjoyed fabulous cake and coffee in their cafe, the plum & almond cake was amazing. All the staff were helpful and friendly and we’ll definitely go again.
In June 2021, Liz J said:
Lovely to be able to visit at last. The gardens and grounds were beautiful . The house visit was limited to 30 mins , hopefully they will be able to return to normal soon . The two lady guides were so welcoming and enthusiastic too , thank you . Such a wealth of history to be seen and enjoyed . Sadly , the ladies in the cafe were not so pleasant , in fact they were rude . It was raining heavily and i asked if we could bring the dog in or maybe into the barn no was the abrupt response . Some customer training required here i feel .
In June 2021, Alessandro Muci said:
Worth a visit if you are in Sussex. A mediaeval and Tudor house, and the longest moat in England.
In June 2021, Clive Craske said:
Lovely historic house and gardens. Cafe with vegan cakes. On the Weald Way walking trail.
In June 2021, Andy Davis said:
Lovely quiet surroundings, interesting building, gardens a bit disappointing, possibly because of covid lockdown.
In June 2021, Richard Miller said:
Lovely place but if you want to feed the ducks they hide under the bridge as you walk in
In June 2021, Irina Springate said:
Michelham Priory and Gardens.
As you walk through the impressive gate tower, which was added in the late 13th or early 14th century, probably in anticipation of a French attack, you will see on the left the gift shop and right in front of you an impressive Elizabethan manor house.
Very large Elizabethan farmhouse, incorporating parts of the original medieval monastery.
A rare fortified monastery was founded by the Augustinian order in 1229. The site has the longest water-filled moat in England! There are 7 acres of gardens, including a reconstructed Physic Garden in the grounds, and a reconstruction of a cloister garden.
You still can see foundations of the priory church on the lawn.
There are numerous outbuildings, including the forge, lots of different statues and the working watermill.
Inside of the house you will see the original medieval vaulted undercroft on the ground floor, an exhibition on the WWII evacuees at Michelham and an extremely good exhibition on the history of the priory itself in another rooms.
Unfortunately, you won't be allowed at this time to see bedrooms due to covid restrictions. The guide was very friendly and share with us the history of the house and their residents.
The garden is very well kept where you can have your picnic or relax on the bench while listening to chirping birds, buzzing bees or watch the local ducks freely and minding their own business passing you by. :)
There is the cafe there open too with selection of snacks, drinks and ice creams.
They accept only cards there. No cash!
The toilet facilities just at the back of the the cafe.
At the back of the main house , to the right and across the little bridge you can find the play ground for kids.
The car park just outside of the Michelham Priory which is quite spacious and free of charge.
You can obtain entrance tickets from the Gatehouse.
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in the house or gardens except Assistance Dogs.
House & Gardens :
Adult - £11.90 ( gift aid it) and £10.80 ( standard).
Senior (65+)/ Student Child (5-17) - £10.80 ( gift aid it) and £9.80 ( standard).
Child ( 5 - 17) - £5.70 ( gift aid it) and £5.20 ( standard).
Family (1 Adult, 4 Children) - £17.60 ( gift aid it) and £16.00 (standard).
Family (2 Adults, 4 Children) - £30.80 ( gift aid it) and £28.00 ( standard).
Carer for Disabled (if required) Free of charge both - ( gift aid it) and ( standard).
Adult - £9.40 ( gift aid it) and £8.50 ( standard).
Senior (65+)/ Student - £8.80 ( gift aid it) and £8.00 ( standard).
Child (5-17) - £4.70 ( gift aid it) and £4.20 ( standard).
Family (1 Adult, 4 Children) - £15.90 ( gift aid it) and £14.40 ( standard).
Family (2 Adults, 4 Children) - £27.50 ( gift aid it) and £25.00 ( standard).
Carer for Disabled (if required) - both ( gift aid it) and ( standard ) are free if charge.
The Priory is now owned by the Sussex Archaeology Society and is open regularly to visitors.
The open hours are between 10:30 to 5:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.
Another amazing and unforgettable place to visit for sure!
We have enjoyed our day out visit there and recommend it to anyone who would like to spend an amazing , relaxing day at this awesome place.
It is also very covid aware.
In June 2021, Debi Hook said:
In June 2021, Anna Pearson said:
This is an amazing place to visit with it's huge history dating back to 12th century! Gardens are beautiful, very relaxing and now you can take dogs !! A must visit for everyone!! 👍😁